Graduate Certificate in Applied Bioinformatics

Make the connection between the life sciences and data science.

Learn how to process biological data from scientific research, such as large-scale genomics and other molecular and biological datasets, using computation and analysis tools. Gain proficiency in applied statistics, machine learning, data visualization, programming, and other techniques that aid in scientific discovery.

“Bioinformatics represents the marriage of science and computing. Our capacity to generate large amounts of data is greater than ever, and the ability to organize and access that information blazes a trail to discovery.” —Mark E. Levenstein, Academic Director, MS in Applied Biotechnology, UW-Platteville

UW System Collaboration

The graduate-level Applied Bioinformatics Certificate is offered through the UW Extended Campus Master of Science in Applied Biotechnology program. This certificate program is a partnership of UW Extended Campus and UW-Green Bay, UW-Madison, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Whitewater.


Whether online or on campus, University of Wisconsin programs have a reputation for delivering world-class education and student support. Accreditation is your assurance that you will graduate with skills that are relevant to your field and valued by employers.

The Applied Bioinformatics Certificate is approved by the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents and is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


Coursework in this certificate focuses on developing the specialized data science skills required to process and analyze large-scale biological data sets.

4 Courses. 12 Credits. 100% Online.

  • ABT 720 Experimental Design and Analysis in Biotechnology*
  • ABT 730 Python for Bioinformatics
  • ABT 780 Bioinformatic Inquiry
  • ABT 785 Applications of Bioinformatics

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It is possible to complete a certificate in one year; however, based on work and life commitments, you may decide to take longer.

*ABT 720 is a course in the Master of Science in Applied Biotechnology program. ABT 730, ABT 780, and ABT 785 are courses in the Applied Bioinformatics Certificate only, and are not available as electives or as a separate track in the master’s program. If you are a degree-seeking student in the master’s program earning the certificate as an additional credential, you will be required to complete ABT 730, ABT 780, and ABT 785 in addition to the master’s program curriculum to earn the certificate.


To be eligible for this certificate, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university (min. 3.0 GPA)
  • Prerequisite coursework: One semester college-level biology with lab

Degree-seeking students in the master’s program may choose to earn the certificate as an additional credential.

>>Applying to the Applied Bioinformatics certificate program.


Upon completion of the Applied Bioinformatics Certificate, you will be able to:

  • Identify problems in biotechnology research that can be solved using existing software tools and algorithms.
  • Wrangle, visualize, and annotate sequence data gathered from public databases and high-throughput sequencing projects.
  • Fit applicable models to cleaned data and critically evaluate their performance.
  • Implement a range of statistical and computational methods in Python, R, and UNIX-shell scripting while managing version control with GitHub.
  • Generate multi-system workflows and data-processing pipelines to manage large-scale projects.
  • Effectively present methodologies and analytical results to project stakeholders.


Tuition is a flat fee of $850 per credit whether you live in Wisconsin or out of state. Students enrolling in certificate programs may be eligible for financial aid. Refer to your home campus for more information. Learn more about tuition.